A small story which I thought some people like to read involves D-Day veteran Bernard Jordan aged 89. He was reported missing from his Pines Care home in Hove.
Bernard apparently was told by his care home that he wasn’t able to attend the events in Normandy these last few days whether due to the bookings being full or his old age and frailty.
Apparently Bernard left his home apparently for a regular day out in his home-town and made his own way to Normandy by crossing the English Channel by Ferry and making his own way through France by coach. By the time he was reported missing in his home, the veteran was already in France wearing his suit and medals which he had hidden under his coat when leaving home.
He wasn’t located until another veteran contacted the authorities in the U.K. to say that Bernard didn’t want to miss “The Show” and he’d come back when he was good and ready to.
He then found a hotel just behind Sword Beach at Ouistreham and enjoyed the activities of the last few days. Last night having been interviewed on the national news, he was on the ferry back to Blighty. He was the star attraction amongst a group of modern-day serving soldiers who spent the evening chatting away with him and teasing him that he was in trouble for his Great Escape.
A spokesman for Brittany Ferries announced that Bernard would be given a cabin on the overnight cruise back home and would then be guest of honour with a breakfast with the ship’s captain and then go to the bridge of the ship to watch as it returns to Portsmouth harbour.
I think it’s amazing how such an old chap is still so determined that he made his way over to Normandy under his own steam against the odds. The spirit of D-Day lives on, bless him!